NOTICE - Due to COVID-19 concerns, some Western Michigan University offices are open limited days or hours. 

Rood Hall is locked for winter closure from 12/24/21 until 1/4/22. The building is accessible by swipe card during this time.

The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences is currently closed for winter recess. The departmental office will reopen in person on Tuesday, 1/4/22. We are typically open to walk-in visitors Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Please follow all posted COVID-19 safety protocols when you are in the building.

The physical address of Rood Hall is 2235 Wilbur Ave. In case of an emergency please dial 911.


  • Please see our 2021 Departmental Newsletter to hear highlights of our accomplishments in the past year. We'd love to hear from you as well. Happy holidays!
  • We are hiring a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor of Geology to start in August 2022. Please contact Dr. Steve Kaczmarek, search committee chair, with any questions.   
  • The Dinosaur Park has welcomed a lot of visitors since we were featured in a story on the KzooKids website. Read the full WMU News piece on the park and our plans for the future! If you plan to visit the park, please use the metered parking at Sindecuse or Sangren to avoid getting ticketed in the staff/student lot adjacent to Rood.
  • The department has suspended the GRE requirement for admission to our MS and PhD programs through Summer 2022. Beginning in Fall 2022, the GRE will no longer be required for graduate program admission, however, prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact potential faculty advisors to find out if submitting optional scores is recommended. For more information, please see our Graduate Programs page or contact Dr. Peter Voice, Director of Graduate Studies.